ICW - Norfolk, VA to the North Carolina State Line

The minimum overhead clearance for all fixed bridges over the Virginia portion of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway is 65 feet.

The Federal project depth via Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal provides for a least depth of 12 feet from Norfolk, VA, to the North Carolina state line.

Aids to Navigation

NOAA Chart #12206, provides coverage of this portion of the AICW.

Chart #12206 covers the ICW from Mile 0.0 in Norfolk to Mile 65.0 at Albemarle Sound via Route #1 and to Mile 65.0 at the mouth of the Pasquotank River via Route #2:

AICW - Norfolk to Albemarle Sound


Intracoastal Waterway buoys and navigational markers are marked with either yellow triangles or yellow squares. The rule is: When proceeding south on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (Norfolk, VA to Key West, FL) or west on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (Ft. Meyers, FL to Brownsville, TX.) Markers with yellow triangles are kept to starboard and yellow squares are kept to port at all times.

Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway - Virginia Bridge & Lock Schedule

The following table lists the bridges & locks; their schedules, and restrictions along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) south from Norfolk, VA to the North Carolina State Line.

This list is believed to be accurate as of January 2017. If any errors or omissions are noted, please e-mail us at with any corrections or recommendations.


Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway - Virginia

Mile Marker Bridge Charted Vert. Clear. Schedule Restrictions VHF
2.6 N&P BL RR Lift Bridge 6’/142’ Normally Open Closes for RR Traffic 13
2.8 South Norfolk Jordan Bridge 145’ Fixed Bridge    
3.6 N&W RR Lift Bridge 10’/135’ Normally Open Closes for RR Traffic 13
5.8 Gilmerton Lift Bridge 36’/136’ Opens on Demand Closed M - F 0630 - 0830 and 1530 - 1730 except Federal holidays. 13
5.8 N&S RR Bascule Bridge #7 7’ Normally Open Closes for RR Traffic 13
7.1 I-64 Bascule Bridge 65’ Opens on Demand with 24 hour notice. Openings from 0600 - 0900 and 1500 - 1800 require 72 hour notice. 13
8.8 Veterans Bridge 95’ Fixed Bridge    
11.5 Great Bridge Lock (USACE) 1’ - 3’ ↑ On demand Attempt to coordinate with the Great Bridge Bascule Bridge. 13
12.0 Great Bridge Bascule Bridge 8’ The draw shall open between 0600 - 1900 on the hour. Other times on demand   13
12.6 Great Bridge Highway Bridge 65’ Fixed Bridge    
13.9 A&C RR Bascule Bridge 7’ Normally Open Closes for RR Traffic 13
15.2 Centerville Turnpike Swing Bridge 4’ The draw shall open between 0830 - 1600 M - F except Federal holidays on the hour and ½ hour. Other times on demand. Closed M-F 0630 - 0830 and 1600 - 1800 except Federal holidays. 13
20.2 North Landing Swing Bridge 6’ The draw shall open between 0600 - 1900 on the hour and ½ hour. Other times on demand.   13
28.6 Pungo Ferry Bridge 65’ Fixed Bridge    

Temporary Long Term Bridge Restrictions

Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway - Virginia

Mile Marker Bridge Charted Vert. Clear. Restrictions
7.1 I-64 Bascule Bridge 65’ The VA Dept. of Transportation has proposed to replace the existing drawbridge with a new fixed bridge at essentially the same location. The replacement project will modify the existing vertical clearance of the bridge. The charted vertical clearance of the existing bascule bridge in the closed-to-navigation position is 65 feet above MHW with unlimited vertical clearance in the full open position. The proposed replacement will be a fixed bridge that will provide a vertical clearance of 100 feet above MHW.

The Virginia ICW Bridge List as well as the entire AICW Bridge List (Norfolk to Miami) can be downloaded for your personal and private use below. The ZIP files contain the schedules in Adobe (.pdf) file format:

AICW Virginia Bridge and Lock Schedule - Download

AICW Bridge and Lock Schedule (Norfolk to Miami) - Download

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